Take it as a Compliment by Maria Stoian

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Book cover courtesy Edinburgh Feminist Review. Cover has a pink background and drawings of a crowd of people in purple and gold tones. The back of one woman is shown with a man pressed against her and she is struggling, not wanting to be touched (though at first glance it looks like they’re dancing).

***Trigger warning: the stories told in this book deal with sexual harassment, assault, rape, etc

 

This book is amazing, and it should be read by anyone who will not be triggered by such a topic. I appreciate that the stories were told not just by women who have experienced rape or harassment; there were at least two stories shared by men. Most of the stories make my heart ache. The last few pages of this book include a guide of “what to do” to support the people in your life who may have been raped or harassed.

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Reading Decathlon Challenge

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Close-up of pages in the center of an open book. Photo credit: PublicDomainPictures.net

Call me crazy, but I am going to participate in Epic Reads’ Reading Decathlon Challenge, which challenges readers to read 10 books in 10 days. I’ll be #ReadingForSilver (do hashtags work outside of Twitter?), which consists of 5 novels and 5 graphic novels. I’m starting the challenge tomorrow and have picked out most of my books:

Graphic Novels:
1) Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
2) Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
3) Trashed by Derf
4) Take it as a Compliment by Maria Stoian
5) Stitches by David Small

Regular Novels:
1) Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
2) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
3) Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman
4) Mine are Spectacular! bye Janice Kaplan & Lynn Schnurnberger
5) ???

I do have a bunch of books downloaded thanks to Audiobook Sync, so I’ll probably see what kind of mood I’m in when it comes time to read that 10th book. Be sure to comment with any book recommendations!

Good luck to my fellow readers!

2015 Reading Challenge

I stumbled upon the following on Pinterest:

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I accept this challenge and will be updating this post as I complete another item on the list.

A book with more than 500 pages
A classic romance
A book that became a movie
A book published this year
A book written by someone under 30
A book with nonhuman charactersZombie-saurus Rex by Mark Souza
A funny book
A book by a female author
A mystery or thrillerThe Fever by Megan Abbott
A book with a one-word title
A book of short stories
A book set in a different country
A nonfiction book
A popular author’s first book
A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
A book a friend recommended
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
A book based on a true story
A book at the bottom of your to-read list
A book your mom loves
A book that scares you
A book more than 100 years old
A book based entirely on its cover: How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislaine
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
A memoir
A book you can finish in a day
A book with antonyms in the name
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
A book that came out the year you were born
A book with bad reviews
A trilogy: Airhead series (Airhead, Being Nikki, Runaway) by Meg Cabot
A book from your childhood: The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.
A book with a love triangle
A book set in the future
A book set in high school
A book with a color in the title
A book that made you cry
A book with magic
A graphic novel Tomboy by Liz Prince
A book by an author you’ve never read before
A book you own but have never read
A book that takes place in your hometown
A book that was originally written in a different language I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister (originally ‘Un Foulard Pour Djelila‘) by Amélie Sarn
A book set during Christmas
A book written by an author with the same initials
A play
A banned book
A book based on or turned into a TV show
A book you started but never finished